Ex-Philadelphia Eagle-turned-magician, comedian Steven Wright to open State Theatre season

A former Philadelphia Eagles football player-turned-magician who captivated audiences of the television show “America’s Got Talent” and an Academy Award-winning comedian will kick off the 92nd season at the State Theatre in Easton, it was announced Wednesday.

Jon Dorenbos, the Eagles long snapper who finished third on “America’s Got Talent,” will perform at the State at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21.

Opening the State Theatre season at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 will be Steven Wright, the dry and wry comic who won the Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action, in 1988 for “The Appointments of Dennis Jennings.”

Tickets, at $29 for Wright and $49 and $59 for An Evening with Jon Dorenbos: Magic, Football & Comedy, go on sale to theater members 10 a.m. June 28 and to the public at 10 a.m. July 5 at the box office, 453 Northampton St., Easton, at 800-999-STATE or www.statetheatre.org.

The shows are the first announced for the theater’s new season. The rest of the season is expected to be announced June 27, with all other tickets going on sale to theater members at 6 a.m. Aug. 1 and 10 a.m. Aug. 15 to the public.

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Omaha magician puts on a rockin’ show for children’s library program

Starherald.com, Scottsbluff, NESCOTTSBLUFF — Children registered for the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library summer reading program experienced a magical morning Friday, when they ventured with their families out to Trails West YMCA Camp to watch a magic show by Omaha-based magician Jeff Quinn.

Trails West YMCA Camp hosted the event, and the magic show was sponsored by Intralinks.

This is the first year the library did an event on a Friday, and it proved to be a hit.

With around 515 people in attendance, the Trails West Pavilion was filled with people of all ages, ready to be awed by some sleight of hand.

Quinn, who was named North American Magician of the Year in 2016, catered Friday’s magic show specifically to the reading program and blended magic in with music. By playing different songs throughout his show and incorporating musical instruments into his tricks, the audience stayed amused with his corny humor and tricks that left some audience members scratching their heads.

When looking for volunteers for his tricks, Quinn said he would be looking for those sitting up straight, paying attention, smiling and raising their hands. He established these rules early on, which helped save him from a rowdy crowd and instead kept the audience attentive and quiet, ready to analyze every trick Quinn would perform. Read more

Presto! Waltham magician turning heads on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Each time Waltham magician Shin Lim showed the “America’s Got Talent” host her card — which, at different points, was tattooed on his chest, frozen in a block of glass, and pulled from an envelope — she looked at him in disbelief. Indeed, after Lim’s sleight-of-hand tricks on the Season 13 premiere of the NBC reality talent show, Banks variously uttered: “Shut up,” “No way,” “Oh my God,” “Whaaaat?,” and “Freaky.”Afterward, judge Howie Mandel stood up and looked around at the audience.“By leaps and bounds, [this] is the best sleight-of-hand, close-up magic I have ever seen in my life,” he said.

Presto! Waltham magician turning heads on ‘America’s Got Talent’  The Boston Globe

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Meet the Magician Who Taught Sandra Bullock Her ‘Ocean’s 8’ Cons

Meet the Magician Who Taught Sandra Bullock Her ‘Ocean’s 8’ Cons  Hollywood Reporter

Portugal-born Helder Guimaraes, who counts J.J. Abrams and Neil Patrick Harris among his Hollywood fans, also taught Cate Blanchett some sleight-of-hand moves.

To ensure that the many fake-outs in Ocean’s 8 ring true, writer/director Gary Ross enlisted a master of deception: Helder Guimaraes. The Portugal-born magician — whose dazzling sleight of hand has won him scores of accolades and Hollywood admirers including Neil Patrick Harris (who directed his 2012 show, Nothing to Hide), J.J. Abrams, Rob Reiner and even Stephen Sondheim — was brought on as a script consultant.

Guimaraes, 35, considers himself “a very honest person,” but his line of work — which boils down to “making people believe one thing while you’re doing a different thing” — offers unique insights into the minds of career crooks.

He later was brought back to the project to work directly with the stars, tutoring Sandra Bullock (she plays ringleader Debbie Ocean, sister of George Clooney’s Danny Ocean) in the “psychology and principles of pickpocketing.”

After some hands-on instruction, Bullock’s first mark was director Ross. “She caught on very quickly,” says Guimaraes, adding that Bullock really got into the con woman mindset. “We spent a good hour throwing cards into a bin, while talking about the language hustlers use. She got really good at it. She was a natural.”

For that matter, so was Cate Blanchett, who plays Lou Miller, Ocean’s friend, who helps hatch a plan to swipe a $150 million necklace at New York’s Met Gala. Blanchett even managed to con the con man. “She asked me to show her my best move,” recalls Guimaraes, who obliged with a card trick. As Blanchett commented on the intricacies of his finger work, he “realized she was talking to me in character and not as Cate Blanchett. I kept the flow of the conversation going as if we were two con artists sharing insights and secrets.” When a crewmember announced “Places,” Blanchett floated over to her mark, a look of pleased mischief in her eyes.

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Chicagoan You Need to Know: Physician Magician Dr. Ricardo

Chicagoan You Need to Know: Physician Magician Dr. Ricardo  WLS-TV

Physician magician Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz practices medicine as well as magic.
The multi-talented “Chicagoan You Need to Know” talked about the similarities between the two and performed an illusion that wowed our audience and our hosts.
For more on Dr. Ricardo and to purchase tickets to his show, “The Rosenkranz Mysteries,” visit”: https://therosenkranzmysteries.com/tickets/

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Britain’s Got Talent magician Marc Spelmann vows to use £250000 prize money to pay off his family’s IVF debts

Britain’s Got Talent magician Marc Spelmann vows to use £250000 prize money to pay off his family’s IVF debts  The Sun

 

Marc Spelmann and Jack and Tim joint favourites to win Britain’s Got Talent 2018  Metro

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